Ayurvedic Spices For Skin Health

July 22, 2019

ayurvedic spices, herbal remedies, skin blemishes, natural remedies, diy skin

Spices for Skin Health

Did you know all natural Indian spices offer antioxidant-rich ingredients that you can use topically to optimize the beauty and health of your skin? The following spices can offer your skin a number of health benefits, plus beauty and the elimination of blemishes, for a price that won’t break the bank! Try to purchase organic spices when possible.

Turmeric

Used as a natural medicine for thousands of years, turmeric is a spice that comes from the turmeric plant, which grows in India and Indonesia. It is a common ingredient in South Asian cuisine. Curcumin is a compound that is extracted from the root of the turmeric plant. Curcumin offers medicinal properties and anti-inflammatory agents which combine to offer a number of health benefits. With respect to your skin, curcumin can help remedy acne, reduce hyperpigmentation, brighten your skin and fight free radical damage involved in the development of wrinkles.

What you can do for skin: Add a pinch of turmeric to your moisturizer or face serum at night use (it can add a hue of colour to your skin). Rinse off any residue left behind in the morning with your daily cleanser, warm water and washcloth.

Cinnamon

Grown commercially in Kerala, southern India, there are two main types of cinnamon—cassia (which is quite common) and royal. Cinnamon is both stimulating to your sense of smell, as well as to your blood circulation. As a spice, cinnamon can help draw nutrients and oxygen to your skin. It also contains antibacterial properties that can help eliminate skin blemishes.

What you can do for skin: A common remedy for zapping zits, try mixing a little cinnamon and honey together, and then dab the mixture on your pimples.

Black Pepper

The largest producer of black pepper is the southern Indian state of Kerala. Known to naturally create heat and break things up, black pepper is a very effective remedy to help eliminate black heads.

What you can do for skin: Make an exfoliating mask by combining one tablespoon of black pepper powder (you can grind it yourself with a mortar and pestle) with one teaspoon of plain, unsweetened organic yogurt. Apply the mixture over your skin where blackheads appear. Then rinse off your mask with warm water and a facecloth after roughly 5-10 minutes.

Ginger

Originating in Southeast Asia, Indian natives and ancient Chinese used the root of ginger as a tonic to treat common ailments. Ginger is also great for your skin. A ginger treatment can give your skin a healthy glow and renew its radiance. Ginger can help remedy blemishes, improve your skin tone and even lighten age spots.

What you can do for skin: Rub thin slices of freshly sliced ginger over clean skin, covering your entire face. Allow it to absorb for 20 minutes before rinsing it all off with warm water and a washcloth. You will feel fresh and invigorated!

(dosha tip: especially great for Kapha skin types)

Cumin

Cumin is native to the eastern Mediterranean through to East India. Filled with antioxidants that fight free radical damage, it is known to help prevent premature aging. Cumin contains vitamin E, which is excellent for skin health. Research has shown that cumin may boost the immune system and help fight certain types of bacterial and fungal infections. It can help keep your skin clear of toxins and infections.

What you can do for skin: Make a skin toner by mixing a little cumin seed oil and apple cider vinegar in equal amounts. Allow the mixture to form a gel. Then apply this toner to your skin. It has been shown to be an effective remedy for boils and acne.

Coriander seeds

Although coriander originated from the countries of the Mediterranean Sea, the seeds and fresh leaves are frequently used in Indian cuisine, and coriander is commercially produced in India. Coriander seeds are very cooling and soothing—they contain the perfect properties for your skin.

What you can do for skin
: Soak coriander seeds overnight and use the water they were soaking in as eyes drops, it clears your eye, gives a wonderful cooling effect and makes the eyes look more bright, shiny and more white.

The next time you look into your spice cabinet you'll see so many skin boosting herbal-plants!





Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.


Also in WILD GRACE Blog

LAKSHMI Goddess
LAKSHMI Goddess

November 05, 2019

Gratitude is the foundation for Abundance

 Wife of Lord Vishnu, Lakshmi is usually depicted with four arms to represent the goals of a successful life: Dharma (righteous living), Kama (worldly pleasure), Artha (prosperity), Moksha (spiritual liberation).

View full article →

RADHA Goddess
RADHA Goddess

November 05, 2019

Love, Beauty, and Devotion

Radha: The Goddess of devotion (also call Radhika) is “the queen of worship”. In some texts, she is described as “the supreme goddess, the protector of all, and the mother of the entire universe”. She is almost always depicted with the Hindu god Krishna. In Bhakti yoga (yoga of devotion) the goddess Radha is very important. She is considered the entrance to the union of souls and the sacred. 

View full article →

seventh chakra, crown chakra, chakra healing, divine connection, faith, energy healing, ayurveda
The seventh chakra: Sahasrara

October 22, 2019

The 7th chakra is called the Crown Chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra and is located at the crown of the head. 

This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to our higher selves, others, and ultimately, to the divine. It is located at the crown of the head 

The crown chakra (or Sahasrara in Sanskrit) is associated with the color violet or white. 

The 7th chakra represents the connection between you and the divine. It is responsible for spirituality, belief systems, revelation, divine consciousness, and enlightenment. Your brain functions and the central nervous system are controlled by this chakra.

View full article →